A new scholarship honoring the late Worcester County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Francis Ruffo will benefit graduating seniors of Pocomoke, Snow Hill, and Stephen Decatur High Schools. The Dr. Francis A. Ruffo Memorial Scholarship Fund, held at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, will be awarded annually to a Worcester County Public School senior enrolled in a two or four-year college demonstrating good character and commitment to serving others.
“My dad always admired anyone who put responsibility to family, country, and the welfare of others above their own personal gain,” says Carri Ruffo-Miller. “This inspired him to dedicate his life to the service of others, and we are delighted to know that his legacy to service and education will continue through the scholarship fund.”
Upon retirement from the United States Navy, Dr. Ruffo began a career in public education, followed by years of continued involvement in community organizations. He was a teacher, a counselor, a principal, and the Worcester County Superintendent of Schools.
“Dr. Ruffo was a compassionate leader who worked tirelessly to ensure students received an outstanding education,” says Erica Joseph, Community Foundation President. “As a family of educators, the Ruffo family strongly believes the power of education can make the world a better place, and we are honored to help them make a difference in our community.”
To learn more or to make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund visit CFES.org/donate and select the “Dr. Francis A. Ruffo Memorial Fund."